ACT Announces 2016 Award Winners

ACT Announces 2016 Award Winners
ACT Lifetime Achievment Award Winners: Johnny Clegg, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Justice Albie Sachs, Dr Mongane Wally Serote, Penny Siopis and Johaar Mosaval. Photograph by John Hogg.

The 19th annual Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards saw six industry stalwarts named Lifetime Achievement Award winners and five young creatives recognised for their talent in a Sophiatown themed soiree at Sun International’s The Maslow Hotel.

At the core of the Awards, is the announcement of Lifetime Achievement award winners who have each had a lifelong commitment to the arts, and this year, six deserving luminaries were recognised. The recipients are nominated by the ACT Board of Trustees and selected by current and previous ACT Trustees. Categories include: Theatre, Music, Visual Art, Literature, Arts Advocacy and Dance.

This year, ACT honoured Pieter-Dirk Uys for Theatre, Johnny Clegg for Music, Penny Siopis for Visual Art, Dr. Mongane Wally Serote for Literature, Albie Sachs for Arts Advocacy and Johaar Mosaval for Dance.

“Our list of South African icons would not be complete without entering the names of these remarkable individuals alongside the likes of Miriam Makeba, Nadine Gordimer and Dr. John Kani, to mention a few. Their exemplary careers have enriched the arts and culture industry significantly, leaving a legacy that inspires young artists, such as the ImpACT Award recipients, to strive to reach a high level of excellence in their chosen fields.” – ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs.

The ImpACT Awards for young professionals are given annually to honour young artists or businesses that have reached a notable level in their career. Giving the masses a voice through the public nomination process, ACT proudly boasts a first-rate selection of these individuals in the categories of Theatre, Visual Art, Music, Dance and Design.

ACT Announces 2016 Award Winners
ImpACT winners: (back) Mkhululi Mabija, Sunnyboy Motau, Distell sponsors Simone Benjamin and Gerhard Claasen, Jody Paulsen, Distell sponsors Rupert Hermanus. (front) Chepape Makgato and Thandi Ntuli. Photograph by John Hogg.

Visual artist, Chepape Makgato; singer, Thandi Ntuli; actor Mkhululi Z. Mabija; designer, Jody Paulsen; and dancer, Sunnyboy Motau were named the 2016 ImpACT Award winners. Each boasting a bourgeoning creative career, this year’s winners collectively represent determination, dedication and ineffable talent.

The 2016 Awards saw ACT partner with the Distell Foundation, The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and Sun International to see this group of young professionals being lauded for the remarkable impression they have made in the first five years of their careers. Each winner will receive R10,000 and additional PR opportunities that will be generated through the ACT Awards. ImpACT Award winners will also get on-going backing from ACT in the form promotional support in their professional careers.

The 19th annual ACT Awards was hosted by Sun International in association with the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), and supported by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) sponsors the Lifetime Award for Music, the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) for Theatre, Media24 Books for Literature, the Nedbank Arts Affinity for Visual Art, JTI for Dance and Creative Feel for Arts Advocacy, which will see recipients each receiving R45,000.

For more information about the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) please visit www.act.org.za and use the hashtag #ACTAwards across all social media channels.

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